Fresh Bread and Cinnamon Donuts

Amazing what I can accomplish in less than 90 minutes.

Yes, the house smells fantastic. Between the cool autumn breeze drifting through the window and the scent of warm bread, cinnamon and nutmeg it is a perfect afternoon.

A mug of hot tea, a little dog on my lap and not one drop of pumpkin spice in sight. Joy!

He’s Always A Ninja To Me

(to the tune of, She’s Always A Woman To Me)

He can kill with a kick
He can wound with throwing stars
He can disappear in white smoke
And he once fought van – yes. A van.
His name is Sho Kosugi
And he’s always a ninja to me

He can fight a moving car
He can punch you or kick you
He can kill a mansion full of mobsters
Getting away scott free
His family can kick your ass down the street
His name is Sho Kosugi
And he’s always a ninja to me

Oh, he takes care of himself
In Cannon films
He was ahead of his time
Oh, and he never gives up
And he never gives in
He just kicks ass

He will kick you more times
Than there are stars in the sky
Then he’ll carefully cut you
And laugh while you’re bleedin’
He was in Pray For Death
The worst film ever made
His name is Sho Kosugi
And he’s always a ninja to me

The hearing aid and teeth situation have temporarily hampered my promise to perform a Billy Joel song, so here are some “improved” lyrics…

Silly Creature

A comment from last night on my wordless Son House bottleneck workshop:

Sorry of my ignorance, but what is this no speaking. I love watching from Patrick and learning from him but this bullshit of not talking is both silly and ridiculous. Go back to who you were or you are losing me as a listener as many others you are so talented and perhaps a little egotistical but I’m a follower. There are plenty of others that want to teach with their skills and their oral teaching. Oral is often more important than just show how talented you are . Thanks and I hope you will consider immediate changes in your utube tubing. Thanks for considering my recommendations. Thanks.

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“this bullshit of not talking is both silly and ridiculous.”

The left abutment for my BAHA hearing aids is loose and possibly broken. The abutment is screwed on to a bolt that was drilled into my skull. The sound processor snaps onto the abutment. Long story short, I am almost deaf again.

Since the Covid-19 global pandemic is in full swing and I am a diabetic, it is not safe for me to go to Johns Hopkins to get the abutment fixed. It will not be safe until there is a vaccine.

In addition to the hearing issue, I have had a lot of dental work recently and it will be some time before I am able to speak clearly. I can manage for lessons, but The Wednesday Night Banjo and Donut Marching Society meetings leave me with a massive headache that requires me to lie low the entire following day.

“Go back to who you were or you are losing me as a listener”

Go back to who I was?

Dude, I have always been Joseph Patrick Costello III. I have never played a role or a character as a performer or teacher. As an artist I am always changing, growing, learning and evolving, but I have and always been myself.

“you are so talented and perhaps a little egotistical”

Talent does not exist.

Skill is acquired through hard work.

Fame is acquired by hiring a publicist.

As for my ego, I have been playing more or less with one hand behind my back for the last twenty years to keep the craft approachable. If something about my work make you see me as being full of myself, I apologize.

“There are plenty of others that want to teach with their skills and their oral teaching.”

If that were true, you would not be bothering me.

Yes. There are plenty of people trying to teach the five-string banjo.

No. There are not many musicians teaching how to make music with the five-string banjo. Narrow the focus down to my chosen technique and the number grows even smaller.

I have never been interested with handing out tab files. I am not interested in working with unmotivated students. A good lesson should challenge the student and the teacher. We both should walk away from the lesson with more questions than answers. Learning music is not just remembering memorized notes, it is a form of expression that transcends language.

“Oral is often more important than just show how talented you are”

Some teachings cannot be presented with words. If the silent workshops are not reaching you, my advice is to go back to basics and try these workshops when you have a better grasp of both the craft and the language of music.

Patrick’s White Bread Recipe

  • 2 Packets of yeast with 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 of whole wheat sourdough starter
  • 1 cup of scaled milk with 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter – allowed to cool down enough that it won’t kill the yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Mix well. Leave sit until the mixture is bubbling
  • Add 5 cups of bread flour and mix with your hands until a wet dough forms.
  • Add up to 4 additional cups of flour until the dough is soft and elastic.
  • Knead with your hands until the dough starts to build up gluten.
  • Take a break and allow the dough to rise in a bowl greased with olive oil, then knead it again.
  • After the second rise, separate the dough into equal halves.
  • Dust your countertop with bread flour. Roll out each portion of dough, roll them up like a jelly roll and leave each portion to rise in greased loaf pans.
  • Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  • Allow the dough to rise until doming over the loaf pans.
  • Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter with the same amount of half-and-half.
  • Slash the top of each loaf lengthwise to control the rise while baking.
  • Brush the top of each loaf with the butter and half-and-half mixture.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Internal temperature should be 200 degrees.
  • After removing from loaf pans, brush the crust with melted salted butter.
  • Wait 30 minutes before slicing to maintain the bread’s texture.

September 23 @ 2:00 & 7:00 PM Eastern

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Next Meeting 9/16/2020

The Wednesday Night Banjo and Donut Marching Society is a combination jam session, workshop, bull session, and general celebration of music.

The Wednesday Night Banjo and Donut Marching Society began in Wayne, Pa at Kitt Foster’s house. Patrick met Paul the Beatnik at the Radnor Library and convinced him to give his father a frailing banjo lesson in exchange for lunch at the family’s hoagie shop. The initial meeting led to a weekly session. That led to a rag-tag group slowly forming and becoming an extended family over the years.

Paul was a Washington Square beatnik with ties to musicians like Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, and Rambin’ Jack Elliott. Paul wanted us all to learn not only to play but also to teach and lead a jam.

We will be continuing that tradition as we revive The Wednesday Night Banjo and Donut Marching Society. We want an open exchange of ideas that ignores the nonsense surrounding genres and instruments.

You must be a musician to join The Wednesday Night Banjo and Donut Marching Society. Meetings are not open to an audience. We do not record meetings. These rules are in place to ensure that musicians of every level can share music, tips, and stories in a safe, non-judgmental, non-confrontational, and non-commercial space.

Any musician can join and take part in meetings of The Wednesday Night Banjo and Donut Marching Society. Music is a universal language. There are only twelve notes.

We go round-robin in each meeting. Every musician can call a song, ask a question, or offer a pointer.

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